Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna will face Saul Roman in Atlantic City

Published on 08/04/2022

The main event of the Boardwalk Boxing 10 fight card promoted and headlined by Rising Star Promotion’s Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (31-5-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday, August 20 at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall has been set. The popular fighter from Millville, NJ will face a veteran in the ring Saul Roman (46-15, 38 KOs) from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico in an 8 round competition.

LaManna scored a 2n/a round TKO victory over Felix Bojorquez last August in his last fight after falling to Eislandy Lara for the WBA World Middleweight Championship in May 2021. LaManna is looking to step back into the divisive middleweight picture while continuing to promote shows in New Jersey and Washington, DC. Meanwhile, Roman lost to Rafael Amarillas Ortiz in May 2021 in his last fight.

Local cruiser weight Justin “Time” Figueroa a Holy Spirit High School graduate who trains at the Police Athletic League (PAL) in Atlantic City, will make his professional debut against Miguel Morales (1-4, 1 KO) of Orlando, Fla. in a 4 round contest.

Co-Main Event Features Undefeated Puerto Rican Bantamweights Emmanuel “Salserito” Rodriguez (11-0, 5KOs), from Newark, NJ via Quebradillas, Puerto Rico, clashing Frank “El Castigador” González (9-2, 4KOs, Miami, Florida) for the WBO NABO Latino Championship bantamweight belt. The rest of the card features top undefeated prospects such as Newark, NJ flyweight Anthony JohnWoodbridge, NJ bantamweight Jose NievesDuarte, California super light Kurt ScobyChattanooga, Tenn., Scranton, Pa. middleweight Ryan Wilczak, and welterweight Blind Griffin, as well as the New York cruiserweight Paul Bamba and Manalapan, NJ featherweight John Leonard.

Main event

Average weight – 8 rounds

Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (31-5-1, 13 KOs) of Millville, NJ vs. Saul Roman (46-15, 38 KOs) from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Co-main event

WBO NABO Latino Championship

Bantamweight – 10 rounds

Emmanuel “Salserito” Rodriguez (11-0, 5KOs) of Newark, NJ via Quebradillas, Puerto Rico vs. Frank “El Castigador” Gonzalez (9-2, 4KOs, Miami, Fla)

Flyweight – 4 rounds

Anthony Johns (3-0, 3 KO) of Newark, NJ vs. Jerrod Minor (2-14-2, 1 KO) of Philadelphia, PA.

Bantamweight – 4 rounds

Jose Nieves (3-0, 2 KOs) of Woodbridge, NJ vs. Juan Sequeira (1-0) of San Juan, Puerto Rico via Nicaragua

Cruiserweight – 4 rounds

Paul Bamba (4-1, 3 KO) of New York, NY via Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico against Derrick Van (1-3) of Philadelphia, PA.

Average weight – 4 rounds

Justin “Time” Figueroa (Pro Debut) of Atlantic City, NJ vs. Miguel Morales (1-4, 1 KO) of Orlando, FL.

Average weight – 4 rounds

Ryan Wilczak (9-0, 4 KOs) of Scranton, Pennsylvania vs. TBD

Super light – 6 rounds

Kurt Scoby (7-0, 5 KOs) of Duarte, CA, fighting in New York, NY against TBD

Welterweight – 6 rounds

Avious Griffin (7-0, 6 KOs) of Chattanooga, Tennessee vs. Christopher Hatley (4-3) of Little Rock, Ark.

Featherweight – 6 rounds

John Leonardo (7-1-1, 4 KOs) of Manalapan, NJ vs. Raul “El Cicion” Chirno (19-15, 12 KOs) of Miami, Florida.

All fights are subject to change.

The Rising Star Promotions The event is presented in association with the Showboat Hotel and the Atlantic City Sports Commission.

Tickets for Boardwalk Boxing: Rising Star Series Rd. 2, priced at $65 (general admission), $85 (premium), $155 (upper floor), $200 (ground floor) plus taxes/fees, can be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations, including and at the US ARMY Box Office at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall.

All fights are subject to change.

David C. Barham